Energy prices have doubled in the past five years and will double again in the next five. And now the battle to control energy supplies, and the consequences of burning it, are affecting things on a global scale. As one of the world's highest per capita energy users and biggest exporters of fossil fuels, Australia is bound to be deeply affected by the changes coming down the energy pipeline. How will we cope? Where will it all end? What are Australia's options?
Bang Goes The Theory visits a recycling plant and sees machines sorting household waste.
Saima Mohsin is in California to see how bacteria are being harnessed to turn human waste into biodegradable plastics.
The world's energy resources are dwindling. In a race against time, humans are planning, building and searching for remarkable new energy solutions to survive.
Inside the carcasses of dead trees across the globe are thriving larvae that are responsible for the death of millions of trees. Catalyst investigates the terrifying reality of tree deaths.
What better way to open up the discussion about climate change than to send two very passionate and intelligent Australians, with opposing views, on a mutual journey of discovery around the globe. Each has the chance to track down whomever they like to help aid their side of the ongoing climate change debate.
Adam Shaw travels to Shanghai to see how Chinese brands are responding to the demand for high quality products, and exploiting their rich cultural heritage to create desirable international brands for a global market.
Italy is a country famous for its passion and respect for food. Adam Shaw follows the supply chain from farm to plate to see what Italian businesses are doing to reduce the amount of wasted food.
Adam shaw visits Spain. In 2009, Spain had to import 79% of its energy, but with an abundance of sunshine and wind, it's developing technology to store that power when the sun goes down and the wind stops blowing.
Stephen Fry and the naturalist Mark Carwardine follow attempts to move the world's rarest rhinos from a snowy zoo in the Czech Republic, to the expanses of Kenya in the hope that they will breed in the wild. With only eight of these creatures left on earth, the mission becomes a race against time to save the Northern White Rhino from extinction.
In the final episode Stephen Fry and naturalist Mark Carwardine go to the Sea of Cortez (Mexico) in search of Blue whales. In San Ignacio they encounter Grey whales- the "friendliest whales in the world". They see rock art on the mountains as they cross to the Sea of Cortez to look for whales.
Stephen and Mark head off to see the nocturnal flightless parrot - the Kakapo in New Zealand. They fly in a helicopter through the dramatic landscape of Fijordland - the last location of the Kakapo on the mainland.
Stephen Fry and naturalist Mark Carwardine continue their adventure in search of animals on the edge of extinction around the globe. In this episode, they travel to the Malay Archipeligo on their way to the Indonesian island of Komodo where they hope to see Komodo Dragons.
Stephen Fry and naturalist Mark Carwardine continue their adventure in search of animals on the edge of extinction around the globe. In this episode they travel to Madagascar in search of the mysterious nocturnal lemur, the Aye-aye. The boys visit Nosy Mangabe, an idyllic island where Mark encountered Aye-aye on his original visit with Douglas Adams.
In 1985 The Observer Colour Magazine paired up the naturalist Mark Carwardine and The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy writer Douglas Adams and invited them to travel to Madagascar in search of the Aye-Aye, a strange and little known nocturnal lemur thought to be on the edge of extinction. Douglas and Mark found that they enjoyed the journey, and each other's company, to such a degree that they decided to spend a year travelling the globe in search of other endangered animals.
What happens when you try recycling electronic waste (e-waste)? Watch this clip about the physics of recycling and find out how useful materials are captured from waste at a local materials recovery facility. Presenter Tanya Ha investigates e-waste, the products it comes from, and the recycling and sustainability challenge it poses.
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